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PURITY

Virtue and purity are not rooted in weakness. Rather, they are strong qualities that fight the forces of evil. It is within your power to choose how much purity,love, beauty, and spiritual joy you will express, not only through deeds, but in your thoughts, feelings and desires. It is necessary to rouse from the deeper recesses of your consciousness the intuitive faculties of the pure soul. The power of habit is very important on the spiritual path. Keep a pure mind and you will find the Lord ever with you. You will hear Him talking to you in the language of your heart; you will glimpse Him in every flower and shrub, in every blade of grass, in every passing thought. " Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God" ( Matthew 5:8).

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It is not your passing thoughts or brilliant ideas so much as your plain everyday habits that control your life. Be directed by prudence, or wise forethought; be circumspect in all your actions; be careful, discreet, and sensible. Intelligence is a mark of God. Live simply. Don't get caught in the machine of the world - it is too exacting. By the time you get what you are seeking your nerves are gone, the heart is damaged, and the bones are aching. Resolve to develop your spiritual powers more earnestly from now on. Learn the art of right living. If you have joy you have everything, so learn to be glad and contented. Laugh at the world ! Have happiness NOW.

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PRAYER

When God does not respond to your prayers, it is because you are not in earnest. If you offer Him dry imitation prayers, you cannot expect to claim Heavenly Father's attention. The only way to reach God through prayer is by persistence, regularity, and depth of earnestness.
Cleanse your mind of all negation, such as fear,worry,anger; then fill it with thoughts of love, service, and joyous expectation. In the sanctum of your heart there must be enshrined one power, one joy, one peace - God.

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The circumstances are always neutral.
It 's our reaction to them that gives them meaning,
them look good or bad,
pleasant or unpleasant, useful or beautiful.
The objective conditions are always neutral.
It 's just the way we react to them
there that makes them look good or bad.
Work on yourself:
on your reactions to external circumstances.
This is the essence of yoga:
neutralize the waves of reaction of the heart.
Always be happy intimately.
Never be able to change things on the outside to make them more pleasant for you.
Change yourself.

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PERSEVERANCE

If you wish fulfillment of your right material, mental, and spiritual desires, you should persevere with sustained effort and a definite purpose. First you should decide what you want; then ask Divine Aid to direct you to right actions. Persevere and act accordingly to the inner soul-direction that you receive and you will surely be led to your goal. Cosmic power can be utilized by application of the right law. Jesus said, "Seek, and ya shall find"(Matthew 7:7) Happiness is the altar of God within you. That lasting inner joy is the only important thing to strive for in life. By perseverance it can be gained.

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The greatest love you can experience is in communion with God in meditation. The love between the soul and Spirit is the perfect love, the love you are all seeking. When you meditate, love grows. Millions of thrills pass through your heart....If you meditate deeply, a love will come over you such as no human tongue can describe; you will know His divine love, and you will be able to give that pure love to others.

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I am infinite. I am spaceless, I am tireless; I am beyond body, thought, and utterance; beyond all matter and mind. I am endless bliss.

The ocean of Spirit has become the little bubble of my soul. The bubble of my life cannot die, whether floating in birth, or disappearing in death, in the ocean of cosmic consciousness, for I am indestructible consciousness, protected in the bosom of Spirit's immortality.

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"Worries are often the result of attempting to do too many things hurriedly. Do not "bolt" your mental duties, but thoroughly masticate them one at a time with the teeth of attention, and saturate them with the saliva of good judgement. Thus you will avoid worry indigestion."
— How to Achieve Glowing Health and Vitality

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PEACE

Change yourself and you have done your part in changing the world. Every individual must change his own life if he wants to live in a peaceful world. The world cannot become peaceful unless and until you yourself being to work toward peace. It is only by removing hate from our hearts that we can live a Christlike life.

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I am not your leader but your servant. I am as the dust at your feet. I see God represented in you, and I bow to you all. I want only to tell you of the great joy that I feel in Him. I have no personal ambition but I have the greatest ambition to share my spiritual joy with all peoples of the earth.

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Know that this universe is nothing but a dream bluff of nature to test your consciousness of immortality.

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It is when you persistently, selflessly perform every action with love inspired thoughts of God that He will come to you. Then you realize you are the Ocean of Life, which has become the tiny wave of each life. That is the way of knowing the Lord through activity.

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God is Love; His plan for creation can be rooted only in love. Does not that simple thought, rather than erudite reasonings, offer solace to the human heart? Every saint who has penetrated to the core of Reality has testified that a divine universal plan exists and that it is beautiful and full of joy

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We should not be frightened by nightmares of pain nor unduly elated by dreams of beautiful experiences. By dwelling on these inevitable dualities or "pairs of opposites" of maya, the cosmic delusion of incessant change, we lose the awareness
s of God, the Changeless Abode of Bliss. When we awaken in Him we shall realize that mortal life is only a picture made of shadows and light, cast on a cosmic movie screen. You are not here to become mixed up with the movies and cry when there is a tragedy or smile when there is comedy. You should know that you are watching movies of life and death but that you are apart from them. You must get away from the hypnotizing dance of the senses. You must wake up. You must not waste time. Soon the show will be over, and where will you be then?

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Start the morning in meditation and praying deeply to God; and after you have meditated, ask God to guide your life and all your noble efforts: “Lord, I will reason, I will will, I will act; but guide Thou my reason, will, and activity to the right thing I should do in everything.” Determine to be better in every way that day. If you start in the morning and keep on working at trying to hold on to your calmness, or trying to put into effect some good habit that you want to acquire, thinking of God all the time, then when night comes you can go to sleep knowing that you have put the day to good use. You will know you are making progress.

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The only true freedom lies in the consciousness of the soul. Analyze yourself and determine to what extent your soul consciousness has been bound by the roots of ignorance. Real freedom is possible only when those roots are severed.

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Think and plan your life, and see how you will change. Try constantly to improve yourself. Seek out good company, company that reminds you of God and of the noble things in life. Be conscious every day of how you are going to change your bad habits; how you are going to schedule your day; how you are going to hold your calmness. And every so often inwardly ask, “Lord, am I wasting my time? How can I get a little free time every day just to be with You?” All the time I say that. And He responds, “You are with Me, for you are thinking of Me.”

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It doesn't cost you anything to learn to think deeply, but it costs much if you don't.

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Every morning i offer my body, my mind and any ability that i posses, to be used by Thee. O infinite creator, in whatever way Thou dost choose to express Thyself through me. I know that all work is Thy work, and that no task is too difficult or too menial when offered to Thee in loving service.

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Every morning i offer my body, my mind and any ability that i posses, to be used by Thee. O infinite creator, in whatever way Thou dost choose to express Thyself through me. I know that all work is Thy work, and that no task is too difficult or too menial when offered to Thee in loving service.

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The time will come when mankind will begin to get away from the conscious- ness of needing so many material things. More security and peace will be found in the simple life.

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A Simpler Life Is a Happier Life

Happiness is not dependent on external circumstances; rather, it is to be found in the simpler joys of life, and most of all in the ever new bliss of deep meditation....

Be happy by clinging to the simple, true, and lasting soul-joys. They come by deep thinking, introspection, spiritual inspiration, and meditation.
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Modern life is becoming very unsatisfactory. It does not give you happiness. There are too many things, too many desires. More nice cars and dresses and entertainments − and more worries! Free yourself from these so-called "necessities" and spend more time with God. Make your life simple. Be happy in and by your Self

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A Simpler Life Is a Happier Life

Happiness is not dependent on external circumstances; rather, it is to be found in the simpler joys of life, and most of all in the ever new bliss of deep meditation....

Be happy by clinging to the simple, true, and lasting soul-joys. They come by deep thinking, introspection, spiritual inspiration, and meditation.
curly graphic gold
Modern life is becoming very unsatisfactory. It does not give you happiness. There are too many things, too many desires. More nice cars and dresses and entertainments − and more worries! Free yourself from these so-called "necessities" and spend more time with God. Make your life simple. Be happy in and by your Self

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A Simpler Life Is a Happier Life

Happiness is not dependent on external circumstances; rather, it is to be found in the simpler joys of life, and most of all in the ever new bliss of deep meditation....

Be happy by clinging to the simple, true, and lasting soul-joys. They come by deep thinking, introspection, spiritual inspiration, and meditation.
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Modern life is becoming very unsatisfactory. It does not give you happiness. There are too many things, too many desires. More nice cars and dresses and entertainments − and more worries! Free yourself from these so-called "necessities" and spend more time with God. Make your life simple. Be happy in and by your Self

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The conception, that some liberated master is greater than another begets dogmatism and ignorance. In Omnipresence there is no labor foreman, no president, nor servant; no great, greater, and greatest. All are equal and one with the Spirit - a joyous conclave of Divine Amity.

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You naturally love those who are dear to you and you must learn to give that kind of love to the whole world

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